I've read a lot of material since my deployment to Afghanistan that came my way through a few of my Marines. This one author promotes (mostly to military infantry/ law enforcement types) the notion that the world is populated by sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. This quaint little idea promotes that for the most part, people are sheep, but there are these bad guys out there who prey on the sheep (wolves). Then you get the courageous sheepdogs, who keep their guns
on them even when they are off duty for the sheep's sake.
Its an interesting mentality. I was a corpsman (medic), and I kept supplies on hand for the instance where someone got hurt. Everyone else (the whole squad) carried guns. I too was forced to carry two goddamn guns. Even in Afghanistan, I generally felt safer without my weapons, arguing that I could carry more medical
supplies. We were armed to the teeth. We had .50 cals, MK19 automatic grenade launchers, 240Bravo 7.62 medium machine guns, TOW missles, JAVELIN missles, C4, body armor, M16s, M4s, 9mms, knives and HARSH LANGUAGE.
If we weren't so armed, surely we would have been less safe, but we were in someone else's country, fighting an armed terrorist drug-and-gun running, human-rights violatin' reactionary ultra-religious mafia. Even then I preferred my machine gunners to do their jobs, to me 'packing'. I didn't need to do their jobs for them. They wanted to kill someone, and I didn't.
For the same reason, I really don't care if pirates try and come get me. Come and get me, you can't get blood from a stone anyways. I'd love to see one of my friends fielding the "Ummboonto bontoo bontoo... we want a million dollars!" phone
call. I'd love to hear the laughter on the other line.
You are more likely to injure someone you love with a gun, accidentally, then you ever are in killing an intruder. For those that want to arm themselves, by all means. I believe you should be allowed to. Truthfully? I've already seen PLENTY of people shot. Some deserved it, and some didn't. These pirates are just stupid people with guns, and my dreams of cruising someday aren't going to be affected by a bunch of dumb people with guns. My dad left me a nice gun safe full of guns when he died, including 2 AK-47s, a Tech-9, M119A, Mini-14, Taurus 9mm, 2 Mossberg shotguns and the list goes on. They are all still sitting in his apartment in Vegas. I don't need them. I believe in defending ourselves, but spending your life in fear of being preyed upon is ridiculous. The only people in our world who are prey are those who prey victim to their own fear.
The only gun on my boat is the flare gun, though I should start shooting at powerboats.